17 Ways To Make Thanksgiving Dinner Without Roasting A Whole Turkey

In Christmas, Dinner, Holiday, Recipes, Thanksgiving by Jamie Vos0 Comments

Give thanks. You can make a great Thanksgiving dinner without the entire turkey.

1. Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast Stuffed with Pear Hash

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast Stuffed with Pear Hash

Be thankful for bacon. Recipe here.

2. Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce

Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce

The best part is that as the turkey and cranberry sauce simmer away in the Crock Pot, your oven will be free for making sides and pie. Recipe here.

3. Apple Braised Turkey Thighs

Apple Braised Turkey Thighs

These turkey thighs are even better if you make them a day ahead of time, so you can actually enjoy Thanksgiving instead of spending all day cooking. Recipe here.

4. Kale- and Sausage-Stuffed Turkey Breast

Kale- and Sausage-Stuffed Turkey Breast

This stuffed turkey breast takes a fraction of the time it takes to roast a whole turkey and can still feed up to 8 people. Recipe here.

5. Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Confit Legs

Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Confit Legs

By cooking a whole turkey in parts, you can save time, and cooking each part separately means you’ll have a very juicy bird. Recipe here.

6. Pilgrim Meatloaf

Pilgrim Meatloaf

This all-in-one meatloaf has Honeycrisp apple, ground turkey, stuffing cubes, and dried cranberries. Top it with Cider Gravy and make a few extra sides, and you’ve officially hacked Thanksgiving. Recipe here.

7. Bacon and Herb Roasted Turkey

Bacon and Herb Roasted Turkey

This beautiful turkey breast is roasted for just over an hour using a bacon sage butter. You won’t even miss the dark meat. Recipe here.

8. Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Butternut Squash and Figs

Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Butternut Squash and Figs

These stuffed turkey breasts are perfectly autumnal and use the best seasonal produce. Recipe here.

9. Baked Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Baked Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

The presentation is so beautiful that you don’t even need to have the whole turkey as the centerpiece. Recipe here.

10. Lemongrass Braised Turkey Legs

Lemongrass Braised Turkey Legs

Lemongrass adds tons of flavor to this perfect meal for two. Recipe here.

11. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

This brined, roasted, and glazed turkey breast is full of flavor and only spends an hour in the oven. Recipe here.

12. Braised Turkey Legs

Braised Turkey Legs

The legs are the best part anyway, so just make a bunch of them and skip the rest. Recipe here.

13. Acorn Squash Stuffed Turkey Bowls

Acorn Squash Stuffed Turkey Bowls

Everything’s better in an edible bowl. Recipe here.

14. Roasted Turkey Breast Roulade Stuffed with Cranberry, Hazelnut, and Sage Stuffing

Roasted Turkey Breast Roulade Stuffed with Cranberry, Hazelnut, and Sage Stuffing

Just because you’re not making a whole turkey doesn’t mean you can’t stuff it. Recipe here.

15. Grapefruit Glazed Turkey Tenderloin

Grapefruit Glazed Turkey Tenderloin

Not only do you not have to MAKE a whole turkey, you also don’t have to CARVE a whole turkey. Recipe here.

16. Roasted Rosemary Orange Turkey Breast

Roasted Rosemary Orange Turkey Breast

This turkey breast is covered with a mixture of mustard, garlic, rosemary, sage and fresh-squeezed orange juice, then roasted on a bed of orange slices. Recipe here.

17. Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

If you make pot pie, you don’t even have to make that many sides. Serve it with some cranberry sauce and maybe some sweet potatoes, and you’re golden. Recipe here.

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